Course syllabus

Transportfenomen i människokroppen
Transport Phenomena in the Human Body

MVKF20, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED BME
Date of Decision: 2017-03-30

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: BME3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course is aimed at providing the student with basic knowledge about some transport phenomena and how these control the functions of the human body.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must



Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must




The transport processes of the body are described using  fluid mechanics concepts. Conservation of mass, momentum and energy in the human body are presented on integral and differential form using Reynolds' transport theorem, and from these the Bernoulli equation is derived. Criteria for and consequences of laminar and turbulent flow in the human body are discussed. Flows in the human body often occur on vessels with elastic walls and a pulsating driving force. Hence, the study of these flow situations is an important part of the course. Many bodily fluids exhibit complex rheology for which the Newtonian description is insufficient; the course therefore also includes description of  the properties of non-Newtonian fluids. The course also includes heat generation, heat transfer phenomena that are important for the function of the human body.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam and approved home work.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Required prior knowledge: TEK015, EXTG50, FMA430, FMAB30 och FHL055, FHLA05
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Ingrid Svensson,
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